CCDA communities know firsthand the impacts of mass incarceration and are working to develop a strategic, sustainable advocacy platform to influence systemic change. We are actively engaging people in our association and the broader community through education, leadership development and bringing our experiences and understanding to public square.
While it is essential to look at the systemic injustices and work to ensure that there are just public policies in place at federal, state and local levels when engaging mass incarceration, people can also engage the issue with solutions beyond a legislative response.
Churches and community-based programs that work with prevention, intervention, support for families separated by incarceration, and re-entry are all essential to providing support to those impacted by this growing phenomenon. We, as faith communities, need to look for opportunities to serve those affected with support services.
Mass Incarceration Resources
Download these resources to help educate and strengthen your community’s collective understanding of the issues around mass incarceration and how to get involved in collaborative change.
Mass Incarceration Action Events
CCDA currently sponsors two action events: Locked in Solidarity and Reel Justice, Engaging Mass Incarceration Through Film
Reel Justice, Exploring Mass Incarceration Through Film events are an effort to more deeply educate our communities about some of the specifics of mass incarceration. Thanks to the commitment of CCDA practitioners and partners, we have put together the Reel Justice, Exploring Mass Incarceration Through Film event toolkit. We invite cities to participate in this on-going event. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact CCDA’s Advocacy and Policy Engagement Director, Michelle Warren at [email protected] with questions or register to host a Reel Justice Film event.